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Early orthodontic treatment: What age should a child get braces?

When should kids get braces?

The ideal age varies from child to child but, for some, it can be as young as eight. The average age for having braces is 11 - but the right age for your child really depends on their physiological development and treatment needs.

It’s crucial that you make an appointment with an experienced orthodontist as soon as possible if you think your child’s teeth need straightening.

If your child has crowded, misplaced or protruding teeth it will be obvious that your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment. But there are a number of other less obvious signs that could indicate they need treatment.

An early check-up may spot problems with jaw growth and give you the chance to correct harmful oral habits.


Download our free Teeth Straightening Guide For Kids to learn more.

What age can you get braces?

The earlier your child comes to see us, the sooner we can detect orthodontic problems and the easier it becomes to deal with them.

That’s why we recommend children come for their first visit no later than the age of eight. 

By the age of seven, we can make an in-depth examination and prepare for any future treatment that may be needed. 

We can perform “interceptive treatment” - such as fitting a “sectional brace” on a small number of your children’s front teeth - to improve developing problems. 

We can guide permanent teeth into optimum positions, make room for crowded teeth and reduce the need to take teeth out.

Thanks to discrete, modern orthodontic appliances, there’s never been a better time for children to take braces in their stride.

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